Berwick and Borders House Clearance will identify items of significant value when we call to do our initial free valuation.  Among the ordinary furniture and effects, perhaps even among the pile of items you have designated junk and rubbish, there may be a gem or two that will be worth selling separately.  We will value these items on their own and make a strong cash offer based on the open market value – we might be talking £500 for a good local painting or perhaps several thousand pounds for some rare tools and collectables.  WHAT WE DON’T DO is just sweep up valuable items in the general grist of a house clearance.  We don’t believe that is fair or ethical so (as ever) our key principle is proper valuation.

If you are not ready to sell a significant piece at the time of clearance that is no problem at all.  We will simply offer you best advice on what options you have for achieving a good price in the future and get on with the job in hand.


In 2021 Berwick and Borders House Clearance was called out to a house and double garage clearance near Alnwick. The customer had recently sold the property and his move to Berwick-upon-Tweed to much smaller accommodation was imminent. Time was of the essence. The double garage contained a lifetime’s accumulation of tools, old furniture, cupboards and equipment and dealing with it all was going to be time-consuming and therefore a little costly. After agreeing an arrangement with the customer for clearing excess furniture and effects from the house itself, we had to agree a deal for the rather cavernous garage. The customer pointed to a box of antique edged weapons that he had collected over many years and asked if BBHC would be interested in purchasing them. The customer was able to explain the provenance of each weapon and how much he paid for it at auction. We were soon able to come and to an agreement whereby BBHC would clear the garage of all the larger items the following day and purchase the weapons somewhat below market value as a quid pro quo for doing that work. The edged weapons were sold at antique shows over time and in that way the costs of doing the garage work were recouped and small profit made into the bargain. Both parties were happy.